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Tangled Up In Blue - Indigo +Shibori Fiber Arts Class - 5/22/21

with Alex Foster


Class Description

Indigo + Shibori Fiber Arts Class: Explore the wonders of natural indigo dyeing with shibori techniques. Indigo is nature's blue.

Indigo Dyeing:

Indigo is nature's only natural blue pigment. In this class, students will learn how to create two separate indigo vats. The first is an organic "sugar vat" using concentrated powder extracted from leaves and reduced with fructose (fruit sugar). The second is a pre-reduced indigo vat using indigo pigment that has been chemically reduced and ready for dyeing fabric.

From there students will dive into the wonderful world of shibori, a Japanese method of resist dyeing traditionally used with indigo dye. Foster will explain how to fold, wrap, and tie fabric to create a vast range of patterns.

Materials List

1 yard of prewashed fabric (hot water), one shirt or scarf (all 100% cotton)

Minimum Age

18 and Older, or with Special Permission from the Center and Instructor

About the Instructor

Alex Foster is a fiber-based artist, living and working in Roanoke, Virginia. Foster uses natural dyes and printing with plants on fabric to better understand the natural world. They received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers and Material Studies from James Madison University. A deep love for fabric has led them to work as a studio assistant for Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart Florida, an internship as a costume stitcher for the American Shakespeare Center, and two work-study fellowships at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Foster has exhibited artwork in cities across Virginia. They have taught workshops at Fiddlehead Farm and Apothecary and Studio Two Three in Richmond.

Check out and follow @fosterfiber on Instagram to learn more about the natural dye and printing process.

This Class is Part of the Mindful Artistry Series

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Class Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.

Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.

Floyd Center for the Arts

220 Parkway Lane South

Suite 1

Floyd, VA 24091


Phone: 540-745-2784

Normal Business Hours:

Mon - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm

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